[TUHS] Were all of you.. Hippies?
akosela at andykosela.com
Mon Mar 27 06:05:43 AEST 2017
On Sunday, March 26, 2017, Larry McVoy <lm at mcvoy.com> wrote:
> On Sun, Mar 26, 2017 at 09:26:00AM -0700, Lyndon Nerenberg wrote:
> > P.S. A fun example of the simplicity of the
> > plan9 network API is this implementation of rlogin:
> > http://plan9.bell-labs.com/sources/contrib/rsc/rlogin
> So while that is really neat, I personally think that's part of why Plan 9
> didn't take off. It's too clever, at least for me. I know the rlogin
> code pretty well and if you showed me that code and asked me what it was,
> without the comments, I don't think I would have put it together. On
> the other hand, show me the C code and I'd be able to figure it out.
> It's perhaps because I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed, but I really
> like how blindingly obvious a lot of the original Unix code was. Not
> it was all that way, but a ton of it was sort of what you would imagine it
> to be before you saw it. Which means I understood it and could bugfix it.
A lot of original UNIX code was simple, but we ended up with 272 lines of
bloat in echo.c. That bloat started to creep in already in the
when Rob Pike formulated his famous presentation on cat(1). I also
think that sockets implementation was the turning point.
Plan 9 was probably the last truly dedicated effort to keep it simple using
the UNIX way of doing things. I much prefer reading its code than GNU
or FreeBSD. I think the world really needs a Unix operating system which
is as simple and elegant as Plan 9.
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